The vaccine decision: Part 1

9 May

To be honest I have been avoiding writing this post. Partially because I don’t have time with Abbie teething these days, but also because I am nervous about how people will react. Before I go any further, I want to emphasize that my reasons for posting this are to educate and to share my views.

This subject is VERY personal and looks different for every family. It is a serious decision that should be made based on lifestyle, family history, etc. I am in no way looking for anyone’s opinion on how I should raise my child and I am not attempting to do the same for anyone else. I simply would like to share the research that I have done and let you know what decisions we came to as a family.

To understand a little bit about where I am coming from, I’ll tell you about what I’ve learned from personal experience. Much of our health correlates with what we put into our body. I believe food is the BEST medicine that we can give our bodies. Since beginning this paleo journey, I have come to realize that even more. Besides a contagious and unavoidable stomach bug, I have not gotten a cold/ flu in the past year since eating clean (for the most part) and taking a fruit/ veggie supplement (juice plus). The deeper I delve into research, the more I am learning that food and plants/minerals from the earth can cure just about anything (boy, I sounded pretty hippy-ish there, didn’t I?) If you take a step back and look at our society, the majority of Americans are pumping artificial foods, chemicals, toxins, and medicines into their bodies on a daily basis. Its insane!

It seems these days that our society has a mindset of “the medical world knows best”. And while I do not want to undermine doctors, their knowledge, and what they do…they only know what they learned in school. Medicine. And, for the most part, they all went through school like cookie cutters to become doctors, learning that there is usually ONE best way to treat certain things.  While that isn’t a bad thing in some cases, it can be detrimental when it comes to vaccinating the population.

I’m not a crazy person who thinks vaccines are the devil. I think that certain vaccines may be appropriate for certain  people. For the most part, Justin and I believe that they are unnecessary in our situation.  It really all comes down to your family’s lifestyle, which I will talk about more in a second.

Doctors don’t  always know best and that “mainstream medicine” shouldn’t be applied to every individual without question. We have a responsibility to ourselves and our children to know the benefits and dangers about what goes into our bodies. Justin and I try to apply this to everything…medicine, food, household products, knowledge/ information, and (obviously) vaccines.

I think when most people think about vaccines and disease, they imagine some invisible monster roaming through the air, waiting to snatch someone up and destroy them. Yes, disease is terrible and potentially catastrophic, but it is important to research what diseases you are vaccinating against and you also need to research the vaccine itself .

One reason Justin and I decided to hold off on vaccinating is the fact that many diseases children are vaccinated for are extremely rare these days (NOT just because we have been vaccinating the population) and if a child  does catch something, many diseases are extremely treatable with modern medicine… see what I did there? I didn’t say medicine and doctors were evil 😉

Some other factors that helped make our decision were Abbie isn’t in daycare, we don’t plan to travel out of the country any time soon,  and she is breastfed. Those three things alone GREATLY reduce her risk of catching any illnesses or diseases.

This link has quite a few great videos that go through each vaccine, its ingredients, etc. Justin and I found these videos extremely useful in making our decision. We also read The Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears which is full of insight.

I will post more about vaccines and our decision on not currently vaccinating, but this is a lot of info to throw out there all at once. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll try to answer it in my next ‘vaccine decision’ post. I am going to talk about our experience with the one and only shot Abbie received, a delayed vaccine schedule, and reactions 🙂

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